EDMES Handbook:


East Derry Memorial Elementary School

Student/Parent Handbook

2017 – 2018

Welcome to our school handbook online. In an effort to reduce the costs of producing a school handbook we have posted it online for you. You can access all the information in the regular handbook plus links to important information. The handbook contains information and explanations for all parents and students at East Derry.

A school environment that promotes respect, responsibility and safety for all.

Mission Statement from the Derry Cooperative School District 

The Derry Cooperative School District’s mission for school age children is to create a safe and successful learning environment for all students; one that fosters challenging situations, promotes self-worth, encourages learning as a lifelong activity, and produces healthy young adults who will contribute to society.  The school district is committed to ensuring that students possess the academic, social and technological skills necessary to strengthen decision making, teamwork, life skills and relationships.

Table of Contents

Principal’s Letter

PTA Information

School Operations & Attendance

School District Calendar

School Attendance

School Residency Law

School Registration

School Hours



Arrival & Dismissal

Early Release

Inclement Weather/ School Closing

Power Announcement

Delayed Openings


Car Drop-Off Procedure

Car Pick-Up Procedure

Riding Bicycles to School 

Policies, Rules & Guidelines

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  

DSCD Sexual Harassment Policy- Student Policy

DSCD Bullying Policy- Pupil Safety & Violence Prevention

DSCD Nondiscrimination Policies- Policies , Noticeof Nondiscrimination

DSCD Student Technology Use Policy- Acceptable Use

DSCD Student Conduct & Safety Policy- Safe School Zone (District Policy), RSA193:D (State Law)

DSCD Weapons Policy- Weapons on School Grounds

DSCD Alcohol Use/ Drug Abuse by Student- Policy

DSCD Hazing Policy- Policy

DSCD Searches of Students and Their Property- Policy

DSCD Policy regarding Concussions and Head Injuries- Policy

DSCD Policy regarding Restraint- Policy

DSCD Wellness Policy- Wellness

DSCD Homework Policy & Guidelines

DSCD Video & Audio Recording Policy- Recording & Surveillance on SchoolProperty

DSCD Policy for Homeless Students- Student Policy

DSCD Suspension Policy- Suspension of Students

DSCD IDEA Procedural Safeguards- Notice & Policy

Rules & Guidelines

Dress Code

Bringing Personal Items to School

Electronic Devices at School



In-School Suspension

Student Conduct on School Busses-Policy Regarding Recordings on the School Bus

The EDD Way

Academics & School Programs


Unified Arts



English for Speakers of other Languages

Report Cards/ Progress Reports

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Blizzard Bags

Extended Day

Food Service- MySchoolBucks

Extracurricular Programs

Supplemental Services

Field Trips

School Counseling

School Health & Safety

Health Service

Physical Exams/ Immunizations



Emergency Cards

Emergency Drills

Derry Cooperative School District 

18 South Main St. Derry, NH 03038 


The Derry Cooperative School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. 

Any student, parent on behalf of their child, or employee who believes that he or she has a disability and thinks that accommodations are necessary to afford an equal opportunity for success, should contact their school Section 504 coordinator listed below for further information. 

The following Principal/Assistant Principals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: 

Derry Village School                              Melanie Curren                              432-1233 

East Derry Elementary School              Andy Chouinard                             432-1260 

Ernest P. Barka Elementary School       Dave Brown                                  434-2430 

Grinnell Elementary School                   Carrie Sindoni                               432-1238 

South Range School                             Michelle Cremone                          432-1219 

Gilbert H. Hood Middle School              Melissa Lance/ William Fox           432-1224 

West Running Brook Middle School      Mitch Edwards/Laurie Cloutier      432-1250 

District Wide Coordinator                       Jessica Benson                             432-1210

Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 5 Post Office Square, Eighth Floor, Boston. MA 02109.